Skip the CVS drive-thru when you’re feeling meh and, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Drawing Room Bar & Lounge at the Shelborne Wyndham Grand, 1801 Collins Ave., let “cocktail chef” Albert Trummer “diagnose” and prescribe one of his “renowned medicinal cocktails” to help erase your ails. Among those, the Shooting Star, the James Bond Melonball and Strawberry Fennel, all priced at $10 — no insurance required. Beer is half off. In addition to the drinks, small plates like parmesan fries, caramel and rosemary popcorn or pork meatballs with piquillo pepper puree and steamed gluten free bun are available at half off. Suddenly the aches and pains have disappeared. What happens tomorrow is another story though.
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Spam They Are
Twenty years ago when it was a reference to a canned, hammy substance, the Spam Allstars fused sounds that had never been fused before, taking local music out of the can and onto the dance floors. Today, the Spam Allstars, having nothing whatsoever to do with junk mail, celebrate their 20th anniversary with a free show from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 at the North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave. The band will perform from their various albums, with appearances by musicians who recorded and performed with the band at various times. Visual artist Juan Maristany will be performing as well. Here’s to at least 20 more years of fusing funky music into an undescribeably delicious substance.
Not just a first year anniversary party but a benefit for a family whose child needs help, Uvaggio Wine Bar’s (70 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables) bash from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 22 will feature live blues, wine, beer and food by chef Bret Pelaggi, a Season 5 Top Chef contestant. Tickets are $75 and proceeds will benefit the Buckham family whose daughter has been fighting a tumor since November. For tickets, go to www.UvaggioWine.com or call 305-448-2400.
Mixing It Up
If your career as a spin doctor has stalled like a 70s Ford Pinto, consider trying your hand at mixology during the Regent Cocktail Club’s (1685 James Ave., Miami Beach) bimonthly bartending classes during which time you will learn how to shake, stir and muddle your way to boozy bliss. Next class is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, March 20 and will be led by a special guest repping a specific liquor. Instead of just pouring and pounding, you will learn what it pairs best with and the techniques to make it at home and wow your pals. Appetizers will be provided by Dolce Italian. Classes are limited to 20 people per class. Cost is $85 in advance or $100 at the door. To register, go to www.regentcocktailclub.com/bartending-class.
For some, shopping and cocktails is a dangerous combo, but if you really want to flex your plastic while imbibing, you may as well do it at the Gilt City Warehouse Sale late night shopping party from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday, March 20 at Spaceby3, 2105 N. Miami Ave.. Your $20 entry fee gets you cocktails and snacks as well as designer clothing, accessories, and home decor at up to 80 percent off retail prices. Tickets are available at http://www.giltcity.com/miami/gcwarehousespringmia15.
Although Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami Beach isn’t quite a centurion, it’s getting into the whole Miami Beach Centennial Celebration with five days of fashion, music and art piggybacking off the big 1-0-0 outside the Centennial Celebration Arena at Ocean Drive and 11th St. from March 22-26. Among the free and open to the public evening activities, Peroni Music Lounge’s Sunset Sessions with DJ Legs Benedict from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, nite sessions at 8 p.m. there on Monday with DJ
Bryan Peroni (no relation?), Phoenix House and celeb stylist Calyann Barnett’s “first ever” all photo booth pop up party and fashion show at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the fashion tent and more. Much more. For more information and open to the public events, go to http://www.funkshion.com/.
Taste of Tennis
You needn’t know the difference between love or hate, because when it comes to the inaugural Taste of Tennis Miami presented by Citi and taking place at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 23 at the pool at the W South Beach, 2201 Collins Ave., it’s a win win for the taste buds as tennis titans and Miami Open matchers including Bob and Mike Bryan, Feliciano Lopez, Ivo Karlovic and more will pair with chefs from area restaurants including The Dutch’s Andrew Carmellini, Paula DaSilva of 3030 OCdean, Patricia Yeo of Khong River House, ,Timon Balloo of Sugarcane and more. A portion of the $200 per person ticket proceeds will benefit the FIU College of Architecture and The Arts and include open bar, food and all the shameless selfie opps you–or the tennis pros–can handle. For more info, go to www.tasteoftennismiami.com.